On November 2nd a Serious Case Review was published in response to the abuse of girls in the Yeovil Area.
Jane Lock (pictured below), Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Somerset County Council, said ‘I have read the Serious Case Review report of the dreadful abuse suffered by girls in Yeovil. They were completely let down by the people you would normally turn to being prepared to take any action against these dreadful men. The report is a damning indictment of the inadequate children's services in Somerset at that time with a 50% vacancy rate for social workers; could they honestly say it wouldn't happen again, I don't believe they can.
Children's Services looked at the parenting, one of the girls under the care of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) continued to be visited and taken out by her abuser and the police prosecuted one of the victims for racial abuse. Somerset County Council, Health services and the police were negligent by not sharing information which might have helped the nightmare to end sooner. It could not have been any worse’.
Two men were jailed for 32 years for rape and assault of up to six children which led to the review.
Jane added ‘The bravery of the girls and their families has been inspiring and I hope the changes that have been made as a result of this case will make it easier for young people to be listened to and taken seriously’.